The first step in making a return trip to the New York State tennis tournament began for East Hampton doubles team Dannie Dunphy and Gillian Neubert over the weekend.
The Lady Bonackers, seeded first in the doubles draw at the Division IV Tournament, advanced to the championship match at William Floyd High School, and were slated to face the second seeded team of Floyd’s Kelsey Henn and Lisa Lin for the title on Tuesday afternoon, October 15. Results will be in next week’s edition. By advancing to the finals, Neubert and Dunphy earned All-County honors and will compete in the county tournament at Smithtown East High School on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Dunphy and Neubert breezed their way to the final, getting a first-round bye before winning, 6-0, 6-0, in the second round and 6-1, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. In the semis, they knocked off Floyd’s fourth-seeded team of Kayla D’Addario and Antoinette Viglione, 6-1, 6-4.
East Hampton’s other doubles team of Lily Kot and Cece Combemale, seeded sixth, got to the quarterfinals, beating Gabriella LoBue and Olivia Terry of Hampton Bays in the first round and Kasandra Phillips and Alicia Golyski of Hampton Bays in the second round before falling to the third-seeds, Shannon Merker and Delaney Macchirole of Mercy, in the quarters. Mackenzie Scheerer and Maxine DeHavenon lost in the first round, 6-3, 6-4, to Cassie Rivera and Julia Jurgielewicz of Eastport South Manor.
In the singles draw, East Hampton entered two players, Isabel Peters and Maddie Aldrich. Peters, seeded eighth, beat Daniella Benigno of Shoreham, 7-6, 6-2, in the first round before falling, 6-4, 6-2, to Liz Dwyer of Mattituck. Aldrich lost, 6-2, 6-2, to Jamie Lessard of Mercy in the first round.
Before the division tournament, East Hampton wrapped up the League VII regular season tied for second with Ross with a 7-3 record, 9-3 overall. Floyd (10-0, 17-0) won the league title. The Lady Bonackers lost, 6-1, to Floyd on October 7, before beating both ESM and Westhampton Beach by 5-2 scores on October 9 and 10.
East Hampton will also play in the Suffolk County team tournament, which starts on October 18.
Junior Noa Dubin, seeded third in the singles draw, earned another trip to the county tournament and received All-County honors again by advancing to the semifinals, where she lost, 6-1, 6-1, to second seed Jackie Bukzin of ESM. Bukzin was slated to play defending champion Aimee Manfredo of Shoreham in the championship on Tuesday, October 15. Before the loss to Bukzin, Dubin beat Kathryn Chemlewski of Riverhead, 6-1, 6-1, in the first round, and got past Ross’s Constance Caiola, 6-1, 6-0, in the second round. Against Floyd’s Christina Cali in the quarters, Dubin won, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0. Dubin was slated to play Floyd’s Emily Fernandez on October 15 in the consolation final.
Freshman Cecelia Scheuer battled through a knee injury to compete in the singles draw and lost, 6-3, 7-5, to Mattituck’s Molly Kowalski in the first round. Southampton head coach Richard “Juni” Wingfield said he felt that Scheuer, if totally healthy, would have beaten Kowalksi, but the patella tendinitis limited her mobility.
In the doubles draw, Southampton freshmen Julia Kepczynska and Marcelina Kropiwnicka beat Shoreham’s Heather Sager and Amanda deTiduis, 6-1, 6-2, in the first round before knocking off Riverhead’s eight-seeded doubles team of Lydia Keiffert and Kathryn Troyan, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0. Their run came to an end against top-seeded Dunphy and Neubert of East Hampton in a 6-2, 6-1 loss, although Wingfield pointed out that many of the points went to deuce, an indication that the young players competed well against Dunphy and Neubert.
The Lady Mariners finished the League VIII season in second place with a 9-3 mark, 10-5 overall, behind Mattituck (12-0). Southampton suffered a 4-3 loss to Shoreham on October 7, due mostly to the fact that Scheuer, who normally plays second singles, was out with a knee injury. Jade Kalbacher won, 6-3, 6-2, at fourth singles; Kepczynska and Kropiwnicka won, 6-1, 6-0, at first doubles; and Pauline Delacruz and Johanna Moore won, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, at third doubles.
Southampton scratched out a 4-3 win over Center Moriches on October 9 despite missing both Dubin, the top singles player, and Scheuer. Individual results were not available. In a 5-2 win over Hampton Bays on October 10, Dubin beat Stephanie Blanco, 6-2, 6-2, at first singles; Kepczynska lost a barnburner to Magda Wrobel at second, 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (11-12); Kropiwnicka beat Gabriella LoBue, 6-1, 6-1, at third singles; Keynu Banks and Kalbacher beat Kasandra Phillips and Alicia Golyski, 6-2, 6-1, at first doubles; Mariah Neknez and Megan Goleski beat Christine Dubrowski and Olivia Terry, 6-1, 6-0, at second doubles; and Moore and Delacruz beat Amanda Marilio and Victoria Nicolua, 6-0, 6-0, at third doubles.
For the first time in at least a decade—and possibly longer, if head coach John Czartosieski’s memory is not correct—the Westhampton Beach girls tennis team won’t be sending any players to the Suffolk County individual tournament.
In the singles draw, Laura Halsey, seeded fourth, made it to the quarterfinals where she lost to Floyd’s Emily Fernandez, seeded fifth, 6-1, 6-2. Halsey had beaten Fernandez, 6-1, 6-1, the last time they played each other during the regular season. Before facing Fernandez, Halsey beat Lauren Burridge of Center Moriches, 6-2, 6-0, and got past Joelle Benino of Shoreham. Halsey was up 4-1 in the first set before Benino defaulted because of injury. Westhampton Beach entered three other unseeded singles players in the draw—Jodi Sipala beat Stephanie Blanco of Hampton Bays, 6-0, 5-7, 6-2, before losing, 6-1, 6-0, to second seed Jackie Bukzin; Jane Podlaski lost, 7-5, 6-4, to Ross’s Constance Caiola in the first round; and Sarah Strebel lost, 6-1, 6-0, to sixth seed Christina Cali of Floyd in the first round.
Westhampton Beach’s doubles teams of Jessica Proust and Heather Marcella and Sabrina Salvi and Gen Spanarkel both lost in the first round. Proust and Marcella lost, 6-0, 5-7, 1-6, to Magda Duda and Jessica Sedgka of Mercy, despite being up 5-2 in the second set. Salvi and Spanarkel lost, 7-5, 3-6, 3-6, to Southold’s first doubles team in the first round.
Czartosieski said he was unsure on Monday if his team would earn a spot in the county team tournament. Westhampton Beach finished with a 2-8 mark in League VII, 2-11 overall, after closing the regular season with a 4-3 home loss to ESM on October 7 and a 5-2 loss at East Hampton on October 10.
Five Lady Hurricanes—Proust, Marcella, Sipala, Podlaski and Spanarkel—will graduate in the spring.